WASHINGTON — ASAP! recently announced the 2019 Dylan’s Wings Photography Award winners.

ASAP!’s 9th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers event was held Nov. 17 at Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot. Photos are still available for purchase.

Students in grades 6-12 submitted photos based on this year’s theme: Current Mood. Students were encouraged to share images that represent this specific moment in time and their unique perspective. ASAP! received submissions from 244 participants and 52 schools. Sixty photographs were chosen to be included in the exhibition. ASAP! congratulates the top two photographers in each age group for their exceptional images.

Rainfall by Ilayda Tetik from King Robinson IB STEM School received The 2019 Dylan’s Wings Photography Award for grades 6-8 and Alone In The Void by Grey Pomeroy from Shepaug Valley Middle School received Honorable Mention. Ripped Apart by Matthew Jamison from Avon Old Farms School received The 2019 Dylan’s Wings Photography award for grades 9-12 and Abandoned by Jenna Valez received Honorable Mention. ASAP! also congratulates all of the students in the exhibition for sharing their images and unique voices with the community.

The Dylan’s Wings Photography award was established in partnership with Ian Hockley, founder of Dylan’s Wings of Change, in honor of his son Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

ASAP!’s partnership with Ian Hockley is rooted in their common goal of providing supportive, inclusive, enriching opportunities for kids. Through these opportunities the voices of our youth are embraced and acknowledged, and community and empathy can function as an antidote to isolation, loneliness, and the other struggles our children face. Our work together embraces possibilities of the good that can happen when we nurture children’s creativity.

For more information and photos from the event, visit or call 860-868-0740

Job center offers training, workshops

TORRINGTON — A variety of training and employment workshops to assist Torrington-area residents this month are being offered by the Connecticut Department of Labor in the agency’s Torrington American Job Center at 59 Field Street. Advance registration is encouraged due to space limitations. To register for these no-cost workshops, go to or call 860-496-3500 to register.

Job Readiness Workshop: Dec. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn about life and technical skills required to secure and sustain employment. Call 860- 496-3500 X 200 to register.

Health Professions Opportunity Grant Orientation: Dec. 5 from 10 – 11 a.m. Learn about careers in the healthcare field through the Careers Advancement Project. Eligible participants can receive training that will assist them in securing a job (and advance along a career) in the healthcare field. Call 203- 574-6971 X435 to register.

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Info Session: Dec. 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. No appointment is needed.

Fundamentals of Résumé Writing: Dec. 10 from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Learn how to write a focused résumé needed to secure job interviews and employment offers. Topics include thinking like an employer, strategies for developing essential parts of the résumé, keywords, relevant vs. irrelevant information, formatting and cover letters. Call 860–496-3500 to register.

Northwest Connecticut Construction Careers: Dec. 18 from 9 – 10 a.m. This is an orientation for individuals seeking employment in construction-related fields. The session includes a review of pre-employment and job training criteria. Call 203- 574-6971 X434 to register.

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS): Dec. 19 from 3 – 4 p.m. This workshop offers one-on-one appointments to review services/eligibility. The goal is to assist individuals with medical barriers prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. Call 860- 496-3500 to register for the orientation.

Computer Basics: Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. – noon. Learn to use the mouse, keyboard, practice typing, navigate websites, set-up an email account and learn about employment resources available through the Department of Labor website. Microsoft tutorials are available. Call 860- 496-3500 to register.

Veterans’ Representative appointments: Eligible veterans can receive veteran-specific re-employment services. Contact Department of Labor Veterans’ Representative Giancarlo Castagne at 203- 437-3294 or Veterans’ Representative Michael Mariano at 203- 437-3297 to make an appointment. Or visit the Waterbury American Job Center.

Free GED Classes: Call ED Advance at 860- 567-0863 about registering to attend free GED classes hosted at the Torrington American Job Center on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. Classes are held September through May.

OSHA-10 Certification Class: Participants will attend a two-day, 10-hours class to acquire an OSHA-10 Occupational Safety and Health training certificate. Classes are held at the Waterbury AJC. Call 203- 574-6971 for Larry Devito (x461) or Joe Diorio (x434) for information.

Disability Resource Coordinator: Meet with a staff person to learn how to access the various programs that offer services and supports needed to obtain and maintain employment. The emphasis is on abilities, not disabilities. Contact Gary Madison at or 203- 574-6971 x442.

ITXpress Program: Learn about training, credentials and employment opportunities through the TechHire ITXpress Program. Eligible participants can qualify to receive training that will assist them in securing a job in the Information Technology field (software developer, IT security, or computer programmer). Contact Angelo Santa Maria at or 203- 574-6971 x465.

Ticket to Work – Orientation for Persons receiving SSI or SSDI benefits (NRWIB): This workshop provides information for SSI/SSDI beneficiaries, their friends and families, about advantages of participating in the Social Security Ticket to Work program. The American Job Center is an approved Ticket Employment Network. No obligation – Contact Gary Madison at or 203-574-6971 x442.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP): Learn more about services available to job seekers who are age 55 or older. Contact SCSEP at 203- 373 – 2105.

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